Office of Payroll Administration



The City of New York, via its partnership with WageWorks, offers eligible employees the opportunity to use pre-tax earnings to cover certain public transportation costs through the Commuter Benefits Program. 

By enrolling in the City of New York Commuter Benefits Program, you will save up to 42% on the cost of your commute using public transportation.This program works for virtually any transit system in the Tri-State area. No matter what part of the city you live and work, you’re covered:

  • MTA, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad, NJ Transit, PATH, and NY Waterway, to name a few…
  • Paratransit and the MTA’s Access-A-Ride program
  • Parking at or near public transit to commute to work

Commuter Benefits Plans Include:

  • Commuter Card: The WageWorks Commuter Card is a stored value card loaded with your pre-tax and post-tax deductions that can be used to purchase transit passes and tickets at many more transit providers than supported under the previous program. 
  • Transit Pass: This plan allows you to arrange for home delivery of your transit provider passes and tickets through the City’s provider, WageWorks. You will have access to WageWork’s secure Web site to order your passes or tickets from their extensive catalog of transit providers in the Tri-State area.
  • Park-n-Ride: This plan allows you to use your pre-tax and post-tax payroll deductions to pay for parking at or near a public transportation stop or station that you use to commute to work. Only transit-related parking is eligible
  • Access-A-Ride/Paratransit: This plan allows employees who receive Paratransit service from MTA New York City Transit to select Access-A-Ride coupons or other Paratransit options on the WageWorks Web site.
  • The Premium TransitChek® MetroCard® (PMC): Employees can receive the Premium TransitChek® MetroCard®, which allows them to take advantage of subway and bus unlimited rides around NYC 365 days a year. 

Note:  The maximum pre-tax commuter benefits payroll deduction amount is $255 monthly. 

For a comprehensive look at the Commuter Benefits Program, please visit the Transit Benefit Programs page on the New York City Office of Payroll Administration Web site.

Enrollment Process

To enroll, change, suspend payroll deductions or discontinue your enrollment in the Commuter Benefits Program, go to the Employee Self Service section of the Payroll Portal.

You may also complete a paper-based WageWorks/TransitBenefit application. The completed application should be submitted to:  

New York City Department of Education
Payroll Benefits Unit
65 Court Street, Room 1400
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Fax: (718) 935-3702